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Nicolas Poussin (French, Les Andelys 1594–1665 Rome)
Date: 1658Accession Number: 24.45.1
Date: probably 1633–34Accession Number: 46.160
Philippe de Champaigne (French, Brussels 1602–1674 Paris)
Date: ca. 1644Accession Number: 2004.31
Georges de La Tour (French, Vic-sur-Seille 1593–1653 Lunéville)
Date: ca. 1640Accession Number: 1978.517
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Louis XIV (ruled 1643–1715) famously declared that he and the State were one and the same ("L'état, c'est moi"), but in the seventeenth century, much of the finest French art was made far from either Versailles or Paris. On view in this gallery, Nicolas Poussin's deeply serious canvases, in which the dramas and tragedies of life are viewed through the lens of ancient Roman literature, were painted in Rome, as were Valentin de Boulogne's gritty soldiers of fortune. Georges de La Tour created his haunting pictures of gypsies and ascetic saints in Lorraine, in northeastern France. Widely admired and collected by French patrons, the work of these artists had a deep and lasting impact on the history of European painting.
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